College campuses are trending, and not just with restaurant-quality dining or extra-curricular activities; they’re attracting high school graduates with student housing – specifically with “live and learn” residential communities. Building Design + Construction magazine reported on these newly developed accommodations that are practical and productive for students. A lot sounded familiar to the conversations we have surrounding the importance of smart HVAC solutions:
- “Universities Go Big With Common Spaces and Academic Areas.” When choosing housing, students look for a space that serves academic and social purposes because “a lot of what students learn isn’t in the classroom.” Therefore, residential areas must include space for students to study collaboratively or individually. For students to work comfortably in these areas, residential spaces should have an HVAC system with zoning abilities and that can quickly and effectively respond to shifting occupancy levels.
- “Housing Gets Branded as Lifestyle Takes Center Stage.” On- and off-campus housing that includes market-rate apartment amenities such as pools, fitness and media centers, and rock-climbing walls can encourage students to rent through university housing before looking to local apartment communities. To create physical space and a pleasant environment for these amenities, HVAC equipment must be small and whisper quiet; students want a rooftop pool, not a compressor farm.
- “Cost Plays a Bigger Role in What Gets Built.” Although comfortable and productive living spaces are ideal for campus housing, some schools are having a difficult time finding the land and capital to improve their accommodations. A large component of this problem is that colleges don’t have the resources and management experience to operate an expanded housing portfolio. However, if these schools are unable to renovate their housing entirely, they can start the process by upgrading to a new HVAC system. Energy-efficient systems offer schools reduced energy usage and low utility bills in addition to increased resident comfort.
To learn more about how HVAC can benefit the design and construction of student housing, check out these case studies featuring our products: The Suites on Paseo and Montserrat College of Art, Residential Village.
Healthcare Facilities Management magazine recently reported the success of some HVAC systems in health and wellness facilities. With stringent indoor air quality requirements, these facilities need systems that condition outside air, monitor and control humidity, filter air and provide ample ventilation. The article reported that beyond these measurable requirements, facility managers also want sustainable and energy-efficient systems. It also recognized a few manufacturers – including us – as meeting these needs.
Specifically, our latest Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) innovation, CITY MULTI® L-Generation Air-source technology, was recognized for its improvements in efficiency and its ability to maximize heat transfer. In regard to facility management, the magazine celebrated our Diamond Controls™ Solutions for its assistance in helping managers modify zone temperatures and observe building conditions, such as occupancy, CO2 levels, energy usage and humidity levels.
To learn more about how our VRF performs in health and wellness facilities, check out these case studies: Choctaw General Hospital and Grand Lake Mental Health Center.
On September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian Institution will cut the red ribbon to its 19th museum. Taking the last vacant site on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., The National Museum of African American History and Culture houses over 36,000 artifacts telling stories about how African Americans contributed to the foundation of today’s society. We are deeply honored to be a part of this momentous occasion and this important landmark.
Lead designer David Adjaye and lead architect Philip Freelon designed the building by drawing inspiration from cultures such as the Greco-Romans and Africans. The well-recognized, bronze-colored lattice wraps the entire building but also allows natural sunlight to brighten the interior. Adjaye’s exterior design choice was just one factor that helped the building become the first among the Smithsonian museums to earn LEED® Gold certification. The building contains other systems contributing LEED points, including solar hot water panels on the roof, a geothermal groundwater system and our CITY MULTI® Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system.
To experience this historic opening and learn about history in a comfortable environment, check out the museum’s website to reserve free passes.
In the early 2000s, the tiny house trend hit the ground running when homeowners wanted to embrace a simplified lifestyle. As featured on HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living, tiny house owners Mark and Jen Athanacio loved this new lifestyle because it combined affordable living and comfort in a small space. However, these advantages also came with a question – how can you adequately cool and heat a 224-square-foot house?
When the Athanacios moved from an efficiency apartment to a tiny house in Naples, Florida, they wanted an HVAC system that would provide quality cooling and heating without the stress of having to pay hefty household bills. The Athanacios worked with Speedy Air Conditioning, Inc., Naples, one of our Diamond Contractors™ to select a system that would also give them the ability to adjust airflow throughout the small space.
Limited interior space can be a challenge, but our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ proved to be a perfect fit for this tiny house. Just because the Athanacios’ cooling and heating system is small and their bills are low doesn’t mean their comfort is reduced. Talking about our M-Series system, Mark said, “It’s so quiet. I’m standing under [the indoor unit] right now and still talking on the phone! Overall, it’s just been fantastic. The system is so much more efficient and it looks so much better than window units. I don’t know why more people don’t do this.”
To learn more about how easy it is to install one of our zoned systems in a tiny house, read here.
The Sacramento Drill Tower, Sacramento, California, is an unusual building. A large water tank takes up two-thirds of the 9,476-square-foot, concrete facility. The other third is occupied by offices for the city’s firemen, administrators and IT personnel. For years, these occupants were cooled and heated by a four-pipe chilled-water and boiler system. When that system failed, the city installed our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology. The result: immense energy savings and easy maintenance.
When the building’s old chilled-water compressor failed, Nghiem Nguyen, the mechanical maintenance supervisor for City of Sacramento Facility Maintenance turned to our systems. “I was fully impressed by VRF and Mitsubishi [Electric]. They were so far ahead of everybody else when it came to VRF. The engineering aspect and operational maintenance were really in place . . . I knew this would be a great application. It wouldn’t be hard to retrofit since we wouldn’t have to open up the walls to pull out old lines. The real selling feature, though, was the energy savings. I knew it was going to be huge for us.”
Ngyuen was correct. Comparing pre- and post-installation energy data shows that the system’s efficiency has led to a total energy savings (kBtu usage) of 50 percent, and a total cost savings of 19 percent. Money has also been saved on maintenance: “We’re saving so much money on service calls and maintenance calls. We probably have a tenth of the service calls we had before.”
The Sacramento Drill Tower project was so successful that it inspired the city to use VRF at two more facilities. To learn more, check out the case study.
Last month, we gathered with construction industry professionals as an exhibitor at the 2016 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC). The two-day event, set at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, attracted builders, developers, architects and contractors, as well as regional and international distributors.
This year’s sold-out show saw a 20 percent increase in residential and commercial construction exhibitors from 2015. The 60+ hours of professional development available covered topics from design trends and innovative building technology to marketing developments. Representatives from Consumer Reports, the Wall Street Journal and Houzz formed the impressive lineup of keynote speakers.
In addition to all of the educational and networking opportunities, the Beach Bash definitely helped SEBC live up to its mission, “building in paradise.” As the largest (and fastest growing) building industry tradeshow in the southeast United States, we can’t wait to see what is in store for #SEBCville 2017.
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We’re excited to announce a collaboration with JB & Associates Extended Warranties, LLC (JB&A) to provide extended service agreements. JB&A has become an industry-leading provider of extended service agreements over the past several years. Their goal is to offer the most comprehensive extended service agreement program in the industry at the most affordable prices.
The JB&A Premium Protection Plan™ will provide customers with labor, refrigerant and parts coverage that falls outside of the Mitsubishi Electric Limited Parts Warranty. Contractors will have the ability to purchase agreements and file optional warranty claims through a custom JB&A website.
Our own John Wright, senior manager contractor development, explained that this partnership “provides an effective way for our contractors to offer additional value as they sell and install our Zoned Comfort Solutions™. We are proud to align with JB&A and look forward to a long and productive relationship.”
For more information, visit www.jbandassociates.biz or contact your local Mitsubishi Electric representative.
The Élan Hotel (Élan), a part of the Greystone Hotel family, is consistently ranked as one of the top five hotels in Los Angeles. Guests rave about its personal touches and modern look, as well as the comfort they experience relaxing after a long day of shopping in all of the nearby stores. For years, though, the hotel experienced comfort issues that challenged its ability to provide a truly extraordinary stay for every guest. Those issues were solved by our VRF technology.
Randy Scholnick, sales & products manager, Sirius Mechanical, Inc., Moreno Valley, California, described the noisy and inefficient situation. “The rooms directly below [the old HVAC] units – people complained and the rooms couldn’t be rented. It was a real emergency issue. The hotel was losing revenue. So they needed two things: a quieter solution – whatever goes on the roof has to be practically silent – and something more efficient.”
Scholnick recommended our R2-Series VRF systems, as they offer what he called “a true two-pipe system. Plus Mitsubishi [Electric] systems just do what they’re supposed to do. They’re efficient and quiet, and you get such good diagnostics. [Élan] wanted something that’s trouble free and that will diagnose itself. Well, that’s CITY MULTI®.” The team also installed three of our Lossnay Energy Recovery Ventilators to keep rooms smelling fresh.
With our technology running seamlessly in the background, the hotel guests are now comfortable, Élan management is satisfied and the project has received some great reviews, earning California Green certification.
To learn more about the Élan Hotel project and why repeat guests have shared positive feedback with management, check out the case study.